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November is National Diabetes Month

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Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. If it’s not controlled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems.  One in 12 Americans has diabetes – that’s more than 25 million people. And another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Here are some facts you might like to know about the disease:

  • Prevalence
     Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
     Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
     Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
  • The Toll on Health
     People with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized for a heart attack or stroke.
     Diabetes causes nearly 50% of all cases of kidney failure.
     More than half of all amputations in adults occur in people with diabetes.
     More than half a million American adults have advanced diabetic retinopathy,greatly increasing their risk for severe vision loss.
  • Cost of Diabetes
     The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States
    is $245 billion.
    o Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3
    times higher than those without the disease.
    o Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
     One in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
     One in five health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.

American Diabetes Month can make a difference by raising awareness about diabetes risk factors and encouraging  people to make healthy changes.  These changes include: eating healthy,  increasing physical activity, and losing weight.

If you would like to  learn more about diabetes please visit our library either in person or online.  Stop by the National Diabetes Month display on the third floor for materials on the subject.  Our Health Reference librarian is also available to research any questions you may have about the disease.  Online, we have many health related research tools you can use to investigate diabetes. These can be accessed on the Health Reference and/or the Articles & Databases pages of our website.

- posted by Sonia, Health Reference

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Sneezing? Itchy, Watery Eyes?

Yes, it’s that time of year- allergy season!

For those of us with seasonal allergies this is the best of times and the worst of times.  We have a love/hate relationship with spring. After a long hard winter it’s wonderful to see buds on the trees, the grass turning green, the magnolia blossoms gently swaying in the breeze.  We want to get outside and garden, take long walks and enjoy the weather, but our bodies betray us.  Instead of enjoying the greening we cough, sneeze, suffer with headaches, feel tired all of the time, and just generally feel awful.

Some resources to help get you outside:

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation has information on seasonal allergies including general information, Gardening with Allergies, Over the Counter Medicines, Pollen & Mold Counts, Rhinitis & Sinusitus, Sinus Problems, Alternative Treatment and so much more.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology has information on pollen counts and current research.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is yet another resource for seasonal allergy sufferers.  A section of its website is dedicated to hay fever which provides links to treatment options.

Visit MedlinePlus for information regarding seasonal allergies symptoms and treatment.  There’s an interesting article Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies.

Need more information?  Visit the Syosset Public Library.  We have books and databases with allergy resources.  Browse the collection in person or online.  For articles about seasonal allergies, see Syosset Public Library’s Online Databases.  Here you can access magazine and journal articles, newspapers, and reference books 24 hours a day using your Syosset Public Library library card.

For the latest news on Health topics visit the NEW Health Reference blog at http://splhealth.wordpress.com/

-posted by Susan, Health Reference Services

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New Year, New You 2010

Browse the many books available at our new January main floor display to make 2010 your best year yet.  Included are books on fitness, health, cooking, beauty, fashion, organization, personal finance and a wide variety of self-help materials.  We’ve brought out our newest additions, as well as our great older favorites.  Want to revamp your look?  Try Carmindy’s great make-up guides “The 5 Minute Face” or “Get Positively Beautiful”.  You’ll recognize her techniques from TLC’s “What Not To Wear”.  Is it finally your year to get fit?  Try Bob Harper’s “Are You Ready?” or Jillian Michaels’ “Master Your Metabolism”.  Both authors appear on the hit reality show “The Biggest Loser.”  And don’t forget health advocate and accomplished author, Dr. Mehmet OzWe have everything you need to make 2010 great!

~Posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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